Category Archives: Cotton

Texas cotton farmers adjusting in wake of court ruling on dicamba

ByL Kay Ledbetter The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service stands ready to advise producers on agronomic alternatives and options in the wake of a June 3 ruling from the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to immediately vacate the registrations of three dicamba products, Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia. Approximately 80% of the state’s cotton has been planted, and an estimated 60-80% is XtendFlex cotton – a dicamba-tolerant cotton that would have allowed the application of available registered dicamba herbicide products for weed control. Producers are working… Read More →

McKnight begins AgriLife Extension statewide cotton specialist duties

By: Kay Ledbetter Ben McKnight’s acceptance of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide cotton specialist position is a return to familiar territory. McKnight started April 1 in the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at College Station. Larry Redmon, Ph.D., associate department head and AgriLife Extension program leader for the department, said the Soil and Crop Sciences Extension Unit was excited to have McKnight fill the cotton specialist position in College Station. “Ben is certainly no stranger to Texas having been born and raised… Read More →

Genomes of five cotton species unveiled by Texas-rich research team

By: Kay Ledbetter Cotton – we touch it every day. From clothes to medical supplies to animal feed, cotton continues to increase in quality. A recent collaborative, including Texas A&M researchers, is making sure this amazing crop, and thus the products made from it, will continue to be efficiently bred, grown and produced. The multi-institutional research team sequenced five cotton species, including Upland and Pima cotton grown here in Texas, as well as globally. Contributions to the effort from Texas involved Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research… Read More →

FDA approves ultra-low gossypol cottonseed for human, animal consumption

Writer: Kay Ledbetter The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to ultra-low gossypol cottonseed, ULGCS, to be utilized as human food and in animal feed, something Texas A&M AgriLife researchers have been working on for nearly 25 years. Keerti Rathore, Ph.D., a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist in the Texas A&M Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology and Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, College Station, and his team have developed, tested and obtained deregulation for the transgenic cotton plant – TAM66274. TAM66274… Read More →

Video series to highlight cotton education and highlight northern Panhandle best management practices

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, “Cotton and Conservation” is the title of a new series of videos being developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and North Plains Groundwater Conservation District. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, said she is excited about this new partnership that will report on cotton development and irrigation conservation at demonstration sites throughout the water district. “We’ll use the video series to describe the growth stage of the cotton, any insect or disease pressure and report on… Read More →

Two Soil and Crop Sciences faculty members recognized at Beltwide Cotton Conference

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Two Texas A&M AgriLife faculty members brought back honors from the recent National Cotton Council’s 2019 Beltwide Cotton Conference in New Orleans. Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state cotton specialist, College Station, was presented the 2019 Outstanding Career Research Award for Cotton Agronomy. The award is sponsored by BASF. Dr. Katie Lewis, Texas A&M AgriLife Research soil scientist, Lubbock, was presented The Dr. J. Tom Cothren Outstanding Young Cotton Soil Scientist Award. One is given each year, and the recipient must have… Read More →

New caveats for Texas auxin herbicide training

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Producers will need to pick up a second round of auxin training this year if they plan to use dicamba products, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. In late October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will extend the registration of dicamba for two years for over-the-top weed control in dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean. The extended labels include changes to ensure these products continue to be used effectively and to address concerns about off-target movement, said Scott Nolte, Texas A&M AgriLife… Read More →

Stelly receives Cotton Biotechnology award at Plant and Animal Genome

Texas A&M University’s Dr. David Stelly was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Cotton Biotechnology Award at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference recently in San Diego. Stelly is a professor of cytogenetics, genetics, genomics and plant breeding in the soil and crop sciences department at Texas A&M and has a joint appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Stelly was one of three nominees this year and was unanimously selected by the committee, said Dr. Don Jones, director of agricultural research with Cotton Incorporated. Describing what a… Read More →

Manipulation of gossypol-containing glands in cotton can boost plant’s natural defenses

By: Kay Ledbetter   Development of a cotton plant with stronger natural defenses due to a greater gland density and thus more gossypol in the leaves could soon be a reality, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist in College Station. Seeds and other parts of cotton possess dark glands containing toxic terpenoids such as gossypol that defend the plant against pests and pathogens, said Dr. Keerti Rathore, AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist in the Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology at Texas A&M University. Rathore and… Read More →

Stelly named AAAS Fellow

By: Kay Ledbetter Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. David Stelly, 979-845-2745, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. David Stelly has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science or AAAS. Stelly, a professor of cytogenetics, genetics, genomics and plant breeding in the soil and crop sciences department, holds a joint appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M University in College Station. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers, according to the association…. Read More →